Nonreactive Scattering of N2 from Layered Graphene Using Molecular Beam Experiments and Molecular Dynamics

Neil A. Mehta, Vanessa J. Murray, Chenbiao Xu, Deborah A. Levin, Timothy K. Minton

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Conventional gas surface interaction (GSI) models and molecular dynamics (MD) simulations have been compared with angular distributions and average translational energies for N2 scattered from highly oriented pyrolytic graphite (HOPG) measured by angle and velocity resolved molecular beam scattering experiments. The translational energy and angular distributions of the scattered N2 were obtained for incidence energies near 30 and 68 kJ mol-1, incidence angles of 30°, 45°, and 70°, and a surface temperature of 677 K. The trajectories of scattered nitrogen molecules were found to fall into three main categories, i.e., single collision, multiple collisions with escape, and multiple collisions without escape. While the conventional GSI models did not match the translational energy and angular distributions obtained from the experiments, the results obtained from MD simulations were found to be in good agreement. The MD simulations also showed that the number of surface layers used to model the HOPG surface and the carbon-nitrogen Lennard-Jones potential are important in improving the agreement between the simulations and the experiments.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)9859-9874
Number of pages16
JournalJournal of Physical Chemistry C
Issue number18
StatePublished - May 10 2018

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Electronic, Optical and Magnetic Materials
  • General Energy
  • Physical and Theoretical Chemistry
  • Surfaces, Coatings and Films


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